KUCHING, Jan 21, 2016:

Police officers and personnel from Sabah and the peninsula will be deployed in Sarawak for the state elections due before June, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said police had to make the necessary preparations although the date of the election had yet to be announced because Sarawak posed a challenge in terms of transportation and logistics.

Furthermore, the next election would see an increase by 11 to 82 in the number of constituencies in the state, he told a news conference after attending a briefing on the state elections at the Sarawak police headquarters today.

Bukit Aman Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim and Management Department director Datuk Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah were also present.

Khalid said: “Going by the polling streams alone, there are more than 2,700.

“Every stream needs a policeman on duty.

“While we deploy police personnel for the elections, we also cannot overlook our duties at the police stations and beat bases.

“These are the factors that we have to consider. I do not want to say how many personnel we will need but Sarawak police need reinforcements from outside the state.”

He said the briefing was on the preparations for the Sarawak police in facing the elections.

“So we have to put the pressure from now on to ensure that the election proceed smoothly. It is for this reason that the directors from Bukit Aman and I have come to check on the needs and plan what to do.”

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